Rocky Mountain National Park
Park Established: January 1915
Size: 265,828 acres
Entrance fees: 1 Day – Per Person- $10.00, 1 Day – Motorcycle $20.00, 7 Day – Per Person $30.00, OR 7 Day – Per Person $15.00 (applies to walk-ins, bicycles, and non-commercial groups) Passes now available online. [Fee info. from RMNP Website as of 1.1.18]
Best season to visit: Early fall- September is a great month to visit since the elk are on the move. You might even get an opportunity to hear the males bugle.
Dates visited: May 2016 and March 2017
Rocky Mountain National Park is a beautiful park that straddles the Continental Divide. The tallest peak in the park is Longs Peak standing at 14,255 ft. in elevation. There is so much to see and do in the park with over 100 lakes and over 350 miles of trail.
Jeremiah’s sister and her family moved from Charlotte to Denver a few years ago. We have been able to see our nephews, Charlie and James, a few times on our cross country travels. When Charlie was younger, he used to combine Uncle Jeremiah to Juncklemiah. I secretly want him to call him Juncklemiah forever.
James did not like snow at the time, so we took Charlie to snowshoe. It was his first time so we rented some kids snowshoes at a local outfitter, Estes Park Mountain Shop (link to their store at the bottom of this post).
On the drive to Rocky Mountain National Park, we told Charlie he could pick out what music we would listen to. I was totally prepared for a request of preschool melodies. I was surprised to hear “surf music please”. So, we cruised to the park listening to Dick Dale.
We got there, spent half an hour bundling up and getting our snowshoes on, and then practiced stomping around in snow. Charlie picked it up pretty quickly.
Jeremiah had a vision of hiking a few miles but with a 4 year old in charge of this adventure, we would be doing other activities like snowball fights and building a snowman.
Charlie found a perfect size Christmas tree.
Checking out how deep the snow is.
Gearing up for and epic snowball fight.
Being the ill prepared Aunt and Uncle, we didn’t even think about building a snowman. We didn’t have any snowman building gear, but we did bring snacks. We quickly ate our plums and used the pits for eyes. Charlie wasn’t a fan of the plum but happily ate a banana giving us some good banana hair. Charlie also gave up his poles for arms and snowshoes for feet. We stepped back to look at our amazing creation and Charlie said “We should name him Garbage.”